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Dealing with container data and thumbnails

Question asked by sreese on Mar 15, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 15, 2016 by Mike_Mitchell

Greetings and Salutations everyone. I have a couple of things I have been pondering and I was hoping to get some input from the community. I am not certain how FileMaker handles certain scenarios so I was hoping that some advice from everyone would be helpful.


Recently I converted a 1.3 tb file full of container data into a 1.5gb file with 1.2tb of image data created in the File System. This has really helped us with our nightmares. The backup process is much more efficient and nightly now.


Anyhow, as I've looked through the data that was extracted and have eyes for the future on other digital media processes I have begun to wonder how FileMaker handles thumbnails. With web development I would have a process that created a thumbnail from uploaded images and then stored the original high quality photo in a separate spot to only be retrieved when it was absolutely necessary.


I'm not certain how FileMaker presents this data to the end user. Does it send an entire 4+ mb file down to the client for every record viewed, or does it only send a thumbnail?


If the container isn't on the layout does it still download the file like it does the rest of the fields? If it doesn't should I just use a calculation field to make the thumbnail, or am I better off to make the thumbnail automatically and store it to a separate field / table from the original image?


Can you make thumbnails of PDFs natively in FileMaker for windows?


Should I create thumbnails and use a web viewer to bring them up?


The reason I am asking is up until now I haven't really had a reason to store a ton of images into a FileMaker database and have reserved them for websites.


Thank you in advanced for your humor and patience in helping me with these questions.